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The Oldie Literary Lunches have become a venerable institution on the
London literary scene since they were first launched in 1996. Held monthly
at Simpson's-in-the-Strand, the lunches feature three speakers who
each address the audience for ten minutes. A delicious three-course
lunch with wine accompanies the talks.

To book tickets call Katherine or Jenny on 01225 42 73 11

between the hours of 9am and 3pm, Monday-Friday. 

Tickets cost £62

To listen to recordings of previous Literary Lunches, please click here

Click HERE for a round-up of 2014's literary lunches so far...






From left to right: Leo McKinstry, Rick Stroud, HRH Princess Michael of Kent

Leo McKinstry  Operation Sealion Leo McKinstry, author of Spitfire: Portrait of a Legend,

tells the story of everyday Britons and their ruthless and proficient efforts to halt 

Operation Sealion – the code name for a potential German invasion  - revealing that it wasn’t

all dashing RAF dogfighters and doddery Dad’s Armies. 

Rick Stroud Kidnap in Crete As a tale of monumental military derring-do, Kidnap in Crete is

hard to beat. Stroud draws on SOE reports and eyewitness accounts to bring Patrick 

Leigh-Fermor and William Moss’ meticulously planned kidnapping of General Kreipe on

Crete to stunning life.  

HRH Princess Michael of Kent Royalty swishes into Simpsons-in-the-Strand with

Princess Michael on hand to discuss her fifth book Agnes Sorel: Mistress of Beauty.

The second installment in a trilogy, Agnes Sorel tells the little-known story of the first royal

mistress, and takes us into the heart of a woman who knew that the possession of knowledge

proves to be the ultimate power.




From left to right: Hugo Vickers, Gyles Brandreth, Selina Hastings

Gyles Brandreth 

Hugo Vickers 

Selina Hastings 



Lynn Barber on A Curious Career Five-times British Press Award winner and interviewer

extraordinaire Lynn Barber joins us to talk about a life spent interrogating others. Known

for her wit and ability to ask the question no one else wants to be asked, she makes

her debut at the Oldie lunches. 

David Kynaston on Modernity Britain: Book Two, a Shake of the Dice 1959-62 David

Kynaston returns with another volume of insight into the inner workings of 

inter-generational post-war Britain; lessons learned from a fading decade are subsumed

into the dawn of the oncoming one - an insightful, detail portrait of a nation in flux.

Alan Johnson on Please, Mr Postman The former home secretary and one of our top

speakers of 2013 returns to talk about the second volume of his memoirs. Charting 

Johnson’s life from 18 to his mid-30s – the time in which he worked for both the

Post Office and its trade union.





Andrew Roberts on Napoleon the Great: The author of Waterloo and Eminent Churchillians 

looks back in wonder at the life of the Corsican general, who said "For myself, I have but one

requirement, that of success.' Making full use of Napoleon’s 30,000 letters, Roberts’ ‘masterly’

and extensive biography looks set to become the definitve one for many years.  

Kate Mosse on The Taxidermist's Daughter: Kate Mosse - author of Labyrinth and The Winter

Ghosts - makes her Oldie Literary Lunch debut to tell us about The Taxidermist's Daughter, a gothic

psychological thriller set on the flooded marshlands of the author's native West Sussex, on the

Eve of St Mark, 1912.

Christopher Simon Sykes on Hockney: The Biography Volume 2. Spanning the beloved British

painter's life from 1975 - 2012, this second volume of biography is a portrait of an exceptional artist

in his prime. With unprecedented access to Hockney's work, notebooks, diaries and the man himself,

Sykes reveals a master. 



Emma Bridgewater on Toast and Marmalade. Bridgewater's distinctive homeware has found itself

on dressers shelves and kitchen tables all over Britain and beyond. Toast and Marmalade tells the personal

stories behind the designs, many from Emma's childhood.






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